How to Add a Subdomain on GoDaddy

As the scale of your online business grows, you will find that you need to add more services or pages to your website. You could add a shop or a blog, or a membership section. Instead of adding these extras to your existing domain, you can create a subdomain for each one and place the links on the original domain.

In this article, you will learn how to create a subdomain on GoDaddy.

How to Add Subdomain on GoDaddy

Add Subdomain in GoDaddy via cPanel

cPanel is a hosting software that allows website owners to control the hosting and functions of their website. 

To add a subdomain on GoDaddy using cPanel, follow the steps below:

Step One: Sign in to your GoDaddy account by inputting your username and password.

Step Two: Go to the My Products section and click on your dashboard.

Step Three: Select Manage and click on cPanel. A pop-down list will appear; scroll downwards and click on Subdomains. A new page titled Create a Subdomain should appear.

Step Four: Fill in the name of the subdomain you want to create in the form. The box labeled Document Root is automatically filled. Complete the form and click Create. The system will create your subdomain, and you can now add files to it from your file manager.

Add Subdomain in GoDaddy Without cPanel

To create a subdomain directly on GoDaddy, follow the steps below.

Step One: Sign in to your GoDaddy Domain Control Center Account.

Step Two: Select the domain you want to create a subdomain for. This will take you to your domain settings. Click on DNS (Domain Name Servers) under Additional Settings.

This will open up the DNS management Page. 

Step Three: Go to Records. If GoDaddy manages your Name Server, then complete the DNS management settings. Click on Add and select Type A from the Type menu.

Step Four: A form would appear for you to fill in the necessary information, including:

Host: This is the name or prefix of the subdomain you wish to create.

Points to/ Value: In this section, input the IP address of your hosting account.

TTL: This is the maximum time for your server to cache data. This segment usually has a default setting of one hour, so you don’t have to change anything here. 

If there is no default setting, type in 10800 seconds.

Step Five: After filling the form with all the relevant information, click on Save or Àdd Record. Your subdomain will be uploaded globally in 24-48 hours.

Note: If your name server is not managed on GoDaddy, you will be unable to create a subdomain on GoDaddy with this method.

You can resolve this issue by going to the hosting control panel of your domain registrar, and you can create a subdomain there.

Factors to Consider When Creating Subdomains

Subdomains help to organize your business online and may improve your SEO efforts.

To get the best possible results from using subdomains, here are some factors that you need to consider.

How Many Subdomains Should You Create?

GoDaddy allows you to create as many as 500 Subdomains, but more does not always mean better.

Only create subdomains if you need them and have the capacity to manage them. Although it is attached to your domain name, a new subdomain is a different site.

What Should You Name Your Subdomain?

Naming a subdomain can be tricky, but it shouldn’t be too difficult. Ask yourself why you are creating a subdomain in the first place.

Do you want better SEO opportunities? Are you opening a new branch for your business? Or do you want to provide more detailed information on a specific topic? 

These questions should help you choose a suitable name. Also, ensure the name reflects the purpose of the subdomain. 

What Type of Website/Business Are You Running?

International sites require more subdomains than local sites to serve people from different regions who speak different languages or require specialized services based on the demographic.

The size of your business and where it’s operational should help you decide how many subdomains to build and other dynamics.

Final Thoughts

Subdomains help keep your sites organized and user-friendly. Follow the steps outlined in this article to set one up. Also, consider the factors to get the best results from your subdomains.

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